In keeping with its mission, Sépaq plays a major role in the protection of Québec's environmental assets by aiming to integrate environmental, social and economic concerns with development and accessibility for the benefit of Québec residents and future generations. Sustainable development and the protection of the environment are fundamental values guiding the activities of its personnel and the development of services offered to its clientele. These values are well integrated into operations, and are the basis of the work done to go even further and make Sépaq a model business.
Aware of its responsibilities to protect, preserve and make Québec's environmental assets accessible in a sustainable manner, Sépaq created its first Sustainable Development Action Plan for 2008-2013. This plan identifies the activities Sépaq is putting in place to make a significant contribution to attaining the objectives of the Sustainable Development Act and the Sustainable Development Strategy 2008-2013.
Through its Sustainable Development Action plan, Sépaq intends to go further by contributing to the government's three priorities: to inform by raising awareness, educating and innovating, to produce and consume responsibly, to develop the territory in a sustainable and integrated manner. Among other things, Sépaq works to protect natural environments and maintain wildlife resources, thus managing Québec's environmental assets. In this way, Sépaq is participating in the government's orientation to protect and share the collective heritage. Its plan includes the realization of 11 specific actions, which allow it to contribute to the 6 related objectives.
This plan was based on responsibilities stemming directly from Sépaq's mission and task environment. It agrees to take actions related to Sépaq's responsibilities, and which will have tangible results for sustainable development. It is also based on the measures and practices initiated over the years, particularly in environmental management. The action plan is available on the Web site.
The information given to Sépaq’s visitors aims to raise their awareness about the impact of human presence in nature and on the responsibility they share with the staff and the corporation. For example, promotional documentation and information handed out when they enter the establishments suggest concrete actions, such as recycling empty propane tanks. This allows visitors to contribute in a tangible way to reducing the environmental footprint. Finally, the 300,000 people that participated in discovery activities in the parks are introduced to environmental issues and the principles of sustainable development.
In addition, every year more than 30,000 students participate in one of the school activities offered by Sépaq. These include an activity specifically designed for junior secondary geography courses where a park warden comes to class to share with students his or her knowledge about national parks. During other activities, students are asked to come and meet park wardens directly in the parks themselves.
Sépaq has adopted an environmentally responsible purchasing policy that is revised on a periodic basis. The aim of this policy is to promote the acquisition of goods respecting sustainable development criteria, to provide those in charge of making purchases with environmental criteria to be taken into account when purchasing certain goods, and to establish sustainable and responsible procurement practices. The policy includes a list of 10 items that must be acquired in accordance with the aforementioned purchasing criteria and requirements.
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